The 10 Most Ethical Travel Spots

| 3/9/2010 5:33:03 PM

Tags: Environment, travel, eco-tourism, ethical travel, developing world, human rights, social welfare, Earth Island Journal, Keith Goetzman,

Llamas in Chile

If you want to travel in the developing world yet leave a light footprint, consider pointing yourself to Poland, Suriname, or Chile. These countries are among the surprising selections on “The Developing World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations” of 2010 named by Ethical Traveler, reports Earth Island Journal. Here’s the full list:

• Argentina

• Belize

• Chile

• Ghana

annie ory
3/12/2010 9:28:45 AM

Hmmm. I live in Argentina, and I can't believe it made this list. No emissions controls on vehicles, no enforcement of speed limits (which control emissions), no recycling - recycling is done in all developing countries when things ARE reused by necessity including cars which stay on the roads forever & also pollute a lot). ALL the fresh fruits, vegetables & meats grown in Patagonia to the city, what isn't bought by exporters or the stores in the city is SHIPPED BACK to Patagonia by truck! Subsidized electricity & fuel means no financial motivation to conserve. No controls for industry means it's only "green" in the sense that there are relatively untouched places here. It is the dirtiest place I've ever lived, polluted, garbage thrown wherever, the people basically don't know or care about the environment. They are learning, are being taught, but mostly by outside orgs. In hotels towels & sheets are washed & changed every day. Heating/cooling units, appliances for the home are not up to standards of conservation. When the people demonstrate against the government they pile up tons of garbage, tires, all sorts of things & set it on fire. I've never seen a place where food is so package heavy. A quart of ice cream comes in a styrofoam container inside a thick paper wrapping inside a thick plastic bag with plastic utensils even if you say you're taking it home. What were the criteria for the list?